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  1. MikeC5, that sounds like a wise course of action. I’d ballpark that it was leaking at least 1/2 gallon per hour. Is that considered excessive for these cars? Fiddlerbill, I sent you a PM. As for the DB, I think it’s time to live dangerously and test my starter. Problem is that I don’t know what size fuse to put in there! All I know is that it’s 10 amps and none of the fuses I have will fit.
  2. I was actually wondering if it were possible to do just that. Glad to hear it worked for you! I'll give it a go later on today. Edit: Found a book called Electricity and its Application to Automotive Vehicles by Paul McDowell Stone from 1923 on google. It features good information on the theory of operation, adjustment, diagrams, and troubleshooting of the Dodge Bros ignition and type G starter generators. https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=f6Q7AAAAMAAJ&pg=GBS.PA207 https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=f6Q7AAAAMAAJ&pg=GBS.PA702
  3. I appreciate the advice! I’ll give that a shot. Also found a response by Mr Rodger Hartley from over a decade ago about replacing the broken fuse clip on my starter generator and the news is not good! I’ll be giving him a call soon as several folks have suggested he’s the way to go.
  4. Thanks for the warm welcome! Now that the weather is nice I'm aching to get this car out on the road. Looks like I need a 12V model G starter generator. Previous owner said the packing needs replaced and I believe him. He did a lot of good work on this car. Another thing the PO did that I am endlessly thankful for was showing me a very exact procedure to start the car with the hand crank. Started right up after one single crankshaft rotation yesterday! I did run it two or three days prior but that is impressive nonetheless. Will I need to purchase the special wrenches to replace or service the packing? Even if I don't need them, is it advisable to use them for the job? If so, where would I find them? Myers or Romars too? Thanks! It looks like Myers does an exchange, I'm not sure about Romars yet. Sending emails out to inquire now. Does anyone simply sell them outright? I'd like to rebuild mine after it's off the car.
  5. It’s funny, I own and use a 1973 Elec Trak E20 for mowing, plowing, and occasionally to move a trailer around the property. I had no idea that JD was prototyping an electric rider at the same time GE was ramping up the Elec Traks for 1970 production.
  6. Hi folks, new here and new to DB’s. I lucked out and traded a square body Chevy truck up to this beauty on Saturday. It’s a 1924 DB sedan as far as I am aware. It runs and drives but needs some TLC as you may expect of a 95 year old car. There are also a few non-original modifications like the additional of an ignition coil, repaint, and the replacement rag top. Thankfully the car came with a book of information, a mechanics manual, and several other good pieces of literature I have not even begun to thumb through. So do forgive my initial ignorance, it will get better with time. The previous owner told me that the starter generator lets out a puff of smoke when engaged. I plan to replace the unit after verifying the original wiring is still in tact. I think it needs a GE type G or GA based on my reading. Obviously I am going to check what I have going on under the hood and reference the literature before I start throwing money at the problem. The second thing I believe needs addressing is the water pump leaks out of/around the rearward nut. It is a bigger leak than I would be comfortable with for semi local drives to car shows. The previous owner suggested that the pump needs resealed but my knowledge about this car is incomplete to the point that I am not currently able to diagnose the specific issue. Again, I have lots of reading ahead of me! Regardless, this car is the fulfillment of a childhood dream and I am beyond excited to tackle these issues and take my boy out for a drive in it! More pictures to come, especially with regards to parts identification and the work it needs. A few questions before I go: 1) Do any major parts resources exist for these cars? 2) What literature would be most beneficial for learning everything I need to know to maintain this beauty?